COUNCIL BLUFFS — Fellow Lutherans are remembering Evelyn Creger as a hard worker and a gentle spirit.
Creger, 92, died Tuesday at the Good Samaritan Home in Omaha after a brief illness.
She was a longtime secretary at Timothy Lutheran Church in Council Bluffs and a longtime volunteer at Bethany Lutheran Home. Though she retired as secretary before the current pastor, the Rev. Michael Petri, began serving at the church, he said he had the opportunity to get to know her as one of his parishioners.
“She was a hard worker and a faithful worker in the church and a longtime member,” he said. “She always sent out get-well cards to other people who were sick.”
She lived in her Council Bluffs home until just a few months ago, Petri added.
Diane Carlon, resource development director for Bethany Lutheran Home and Bethany Heights, said Creger had been volunteering at Bethany “as far back as we can remember” and had been involved there as recently as the past six months.
“She was one of our very faithful longtime volunteers,” Carlon said. “If you needed help, you could always call on her.”
Creger had a nice smile and a generous heart, Carlon said.
“She had one of those very gentle spirits,” she said. “It’s a loss for us. It’s a loss for the community, too.”
Before moving to Council Bluffs in 1954, Creger worked at FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C., and the Harrison County Assessor’s Office in Logan, Iowa.
Creger was preceded in death by her husband, James E. Creger, in 1995. Survivors include two sons, Richard of Cleveland, Ohio, and William of Omaha.
Funeral services will be Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at Timothy Lutheran, 3112 West Broadway.